Advocates Say President Bush Must Fund Traumatic Brain Injury Programs

3/6/2006 9:51:00 AM


To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Kaaryn Sanon of the National Disability Rights Network, 202-408-9514 ext. 122 or press@ndrn.org

News Advisory:

— War in Iraq a Contributing Factor to Increase in Cases, Yet President Bush’s Budget “Zero-Funds” Programs, Says National Disability Rights Network

An Institute of Medicine report released last week called the programs serving people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) an “overall success,” stating that “there is considerable value in providing … funding,” and “it is worrisome that the modestly budgeted HRSA TBI Program continues to be vulnerable to budget cuts.” However, President Bush’s budget requests zero-funding TBI programs.

With an estimated 5.3 million Americans currently living with disabilities resulting from TBI and an unprecedented number of wounded soldiers returning with TBI, disability groups call for increased funding for critical programs serving this population.

WHAT: Conference Call — Analysis of Institute of Medicine Report on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program

WHO: Experts from traumatic brain injury programs, including:

  • Susan Connors, president & CEO, Brain Injury Association of America
  • Kenneth Currier, executive director, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
  • Curt Decker, executive director, National Disability Rights Network

WHEN: Tuesday, March 7 at 11 a.m. (EST)

CONTACT: Kaaryn Sanon, communications manager, National Disability Rights Network, 202-408-9514 ext. 122 or press@ndrn.org (please contact for call-in number and conference call ID)


The Brain Injury Association of America works to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy.

The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) assists state government in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

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